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From cultural diversity and social justice in the classroom and adolescent development, to special education and classroom technology integration, the Department of Education at Elizabethtown faculty are a group of teacher-scholars deeply invested in teaching classroom innovation. Though their areas of academic specialty and concentration may vary, their commitment to educating students in social justice and specialized, innovative curriculum does not.

Our faculty believe in the value of continuing education, mentorship in teaching, and striving for academic excellence. Read more about our faculty below:

Dr. Monica A. Belfatti
Monica Assistant Professor in Education  | 717-361-1127

2012 Ph.D.  University of Pennsylvania
2003 M.S.   University of Pennsylvania
1994 B.A.    Swarthmore College

                                                                  Teaches courses in foundations of teaching and learning, literacy and science methods and senior seminar.

Research areas: Early literacy, children’s inquiry, children’s sense-making of narrative and informational texts, visual literacy, and teacher inquiry.

In Brief: Dr. Belfatti is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Education at Swarthmore College and the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Belfatti is a certified elementary teacher who has years of classroom teaching experience in both public and private school settings. In her research, she investigates the intersections of literacy and science with a focus on how texts, print-bound and multimedia formats, and instructional contexts mediate children’s understandings of the natural and social world. Dr. Belfatti has presented her scholarly work at national education conferences, including the annual meetings of LRA (Literacy Research Association) and the American Educational Research Association. 

Professor Wendy Bellew
Wendy BellewLecturer in Education | 717-361-1248

2002 M.Ed. Millersville University
1995 B.S., Education, Elizabethtown College


Teaches literacy methods for Early Childhood, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom, Creative Expression for Early Childhood and First Year Seminar.

In Brief: Professor Bellew joins the College as a Lecturer in Education, teaching primarily early childhood courses. Prior to joining the Education Department at Elizabethtown College, she worked as a teacher and school counselor in southcentral Pennsylvania.


Dr. Elizabeth Coyle
elizabeth coyleAssociate Professor of Education | 717-361-1134

2003 D.Ed. Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
1982 M.S., Mansfield University
1972 B.S., West Chester University

Teaches adolescent development, learning environments and social interaction in inclusive settings, senior seminar and honors thesis preparation.

Research areas: Violence prevention and classroom management

In Brief: Dr. Coyle is an Associate Professor in the Education Department. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown College  in 2004, Dr.Coyle taught graduate classes in School Violence Prevention, Childhood Mental Health Disorders, and Learning Theory at Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State York. As a member of the Education Department, she has taught courses in behavior management, special education, honors in the discipline, the impact of school violence on student mental health, and contemporary issues in education. Her research interests include classroom management, bullying prevention, and women’s learning. She has shared her scholarly work in several publications and at a number of state, national, and international conferences.

Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman
rachel finley bowmanAssociate Professor of Education     Chair, Education Department | 717-361-1327

1999 Ph.D. Lehigh University
1994 M.A., History, Lehigh University
1991 B.S., History, Drexel University

Teaches social studies methods and content courses, supervises student teachers, advises social studies education students, and mentors undergraduate honors thesis research.

Research areas: Citizenship and peace education; Gender and national identity in Northern Ireland.

In Brief: Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Chair of the Department of Education. Prior to her tenure at Elizabethtown, she was an Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Secondary Education, and Co-Director of the Honors Program at Delaware Valley University. She has presented her scholarly work in several publications and at numerous regional,national, and international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2009 Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) Teacher of Honor Award. She recently served two consecutive terms on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS), and she was a fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) in 2012-2013.

Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize Shannon
Assistant Professor of Education | 717-361-3702

2011 Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
2001 M.S. Early Intervention, University of Southern Mississippi
1997 B.S. Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi

Teaches Special Education block; methods of teaching and assessment in special and inclusive education.

Research areas: Special education (area of emphasis EBD), technology integration, emotional behavior disorders.

In Brief: Dr.Haley-Mize completed doctoral study in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Past experience includes work with students in a psychiatric day and inpatient treatment setting, federal grant administration, and service-learning program development. She also completed a graduate degree in early childhood and served an educator, early interventionist, and administrator in an inclusive early childhood education setting. As part of this role, Dr. Haley-Mize collaborated with a transdisciplinary team to provide a range of services including interdisciplinary assessment, direct service provision, inclusion and family support, and classroom instruction for students with special needs and their families. Dr. Haley-Mize has taught a variety of courses in education including assessment, behavior management, introduction to special education, and early intervention for infants and toddlers. Her research interests include new literacy studies, technology integration in P-16 education, social justice and teacher education and the use of technology to support successful teaching and learning. She has shared her work on these topics at a variety of conferences and scholarly publications.

She lives in Elizabethtown with her 3 daughters and a Cavashon named Hazel.


Wendy K. Martin
Science Education Outreach Director | 717-361-1305

2012 M.S., Lebanon Valley College
1993 B.S., Education, Millersville University

Responsibilities since joining Elizabethtown College in 2009 include Site Director and Mobile Educator for Science in Motion, Site Coordinator for the ASSET, Inc. Teacher Professional Development Program, Community Science Programming and Afterschool Science Clubs.

In Brief: Wendy K. Martin joined the Education Department in July 2013 as the Science Education Outreach Director. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, Wendy was the Community Outreach Director with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau where her main responsibilities included providing educational programming about PA agriculture and coordinating the Ag in the Classroom Institute. Additionally, she was the Project Coordinator with Penn State’s Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science, where she provided hands-on science professional development for Early Childhood teachers. She loves spending time with family, gardening, cooking and baking.

She resides in Carlisle with her husband, Michael, and daughter Michaela.

Dr. Don Myers
don myersLecturer in Education | 717-361-1574

1987 ED.D. Temple University
1972 M.Ed., Western Maryland College
1967 B.A., Modern Languages,  Elizabethtown College

Supervises student teachers and methods block students in field experiences. Emphasis in school administration and supervision; Retired public school principal.

In Brief: Dr. Myers began his teaching career in 1967 teaching German and French at the Central York High School. In 1971, Dr. Myers began his administrative experience as an Assistant Principal at the Lower Dauphin School District. After several years at the Lower Dauphin School District, he was appointed Assistant Principal at the Dallastown Area Middle School, a position that he occupied until 1978 when he was appointed Principal in the same school. He retired from Dallastown in 1997. In addition to his administrative experience, Dr. Myers has taught and supervised student teachers at York College and Gettysburg College. Currently he supervises student-teachers and is in charge of coordinating the new student-teaching seminars.

He is married to Doris Myers who is also a graduate of Elizabethtown College. They have three sons and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Susan Pitcher
Associate Professor of Educationsusan pitcher | 717-361-1297

2006 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State, University Park
1987 M.Ed., Bloomsburg University
1970 B.S., State University of New York-Geneseo

Teaches Early Childhood and Middle Level English/Language Arts methods courses. 

Research areas: Language and literacy.

In Brief: Dr. Pitcher received her PhD. from Penn State University in the area of Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy and Language. She teaches the Language Arts and Literacy courses for Early Childhood and Middle-Level certification. Prior to joining the Elizabethtown College faulty in 2002, Dr. Pitcher was a Reading Specialist in Bloomsburg Area School District. Additionally, she taught literacy courses at Bloomsburg University and Penn State University. Dr. Pitcher’s research focuses on issues of reading policy and literacy practice. She has presented her scholarly work at state, national and international conferences.

Dr. Juan Toro jtoro
Associate Professor of Education | 717-361-1296

1992 Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, University Park
1979 M.S., Education, Western Illinois University
1976 B.S., Biology, Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Teaches child development, cognitive and learning, assessment and evaluation.

Research areas: Teacher education, program evaluation and curriculum and instruction

In Brief: Dr.Toro was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended catholic schools for his elementary, junior high, and high schools. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Catholic University of Puerto Rico. He possesses a Master in Science of Education from Western Illinois University and he obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 from The Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Toro began his teaching career in 1976. He was a Math and Science teacher in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He taught and chaired the departments of Secondary and Elementary Education at Catholic University of Puerto Rico where he stayed until 1990. After obtaining his doctoral degree in 1992, Dr. Toro began his work at Elizabethtown College.

Dr. Toro teaches Foundations of Teaching and Learning, Early Childhood Development, Educational Assessment and Evaluation. His interests include teacher education, and assessment. He has served as a team member for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Program Reviews several times and has presented papers in conferences and professional organizations on teacher education.

Dr. Carroll TyminskiCarroll Tyminski
Associate Professor of Education | 717-361-1378

1995 D.Ed. Temple University
1971 M.Ed., University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill
1969 B.A., University of North Carolina,    Chapel Hill

Teaches special education courses and senior honors project in education.

Research areas: Inclusionary practice in the US and abroad, intergenerational service learning

Book publications: Your Early Childhood Practicum and Student Teaching Experience: Guidelines for Success

In Brief: Dr. Tyminski received her doctorate in education from Temple University in 1995 and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She developed a certification program in special education, as well as a concentration in special needs. Although she has taught a wide variety of courses, her primary areas of teaching focus on the areas of inclusion and cognitive, behavioral, physical, and health impairments. Prior to joining the Elizabethtown College faculty, she taught at York College of Pennsylvania, coordinated and supervised a full inclusion program in Maryland, and taught special education students in the public schools of both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tyminski volunteers as an advocate to help parents of special-needs students understand their legal rights and to help parents obtain appropriate inclusion of their children in the regular classroom. Her writing interests include strategies for successful inclusion, inquiry-based teaching, service-learning, and student teaching.

Professor James Wile
james wileAdjunct Faculty | 717-361-3681

1976 M.Ed. Millersville University
1970 B.S., Mathematics, Millersville University

Teaches mathematics courses, especially those involving elementary education, and methods of teaching mathematics.


In Brief: James Wile earned a BS in Education with a major in mathematics in 1970 from Millersville. Since that time, he has taken 115 graduate credits, which includes a Master of Education in 1976, a program specialist certificate in 1985 and a supervisory certificate in 1995.

After three years with the 902nd Military Intelligence Group, US Army, he taught at Conestoga Valley School District for 32 years. During ten of those years, he was a computer network manager. His last seven years before retirement was spent as the K-12 math supervisor where he implemented a K-12 math program, developed and presented math workshops, observed, evaluated, hired staff, and was involved in both the gifted and special education programs.

He started as an instructor at Elizabethtown College in the Fall of 2006. His primary focus is to prepare students to teach mathematics.

He and his wife have two children.

Mrs. Diane DeArment
Director of Clinical Experiences & Certification Officer diane |717-361-1225

2006 B.S. Business Administration, Elizabethtown College

Responsibilities relate to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, criminal clearances, Title II HEA Reports, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships

In Brief: Mrs. DeArment joined the Department in March 2007 as the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Learning Services and Disability Services Coordinator for 15 years. Diane loves the Etown College environment and Elizabethtown College students. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, two daughters, son, their families and grandchildren. Other interests are reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Mrs. Dana Wendling
Administrative Assistant, Clinical Experiences  |717-361-1363dana

1987 B.A. Telecommunications,Penn State University, University Park

Responsibilities relate to assisting with responsibilities related to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships.

In Brief: Mrs. Wendling joined the Education Department in February 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Residency Coordinator for the Child Psychiatry Residency Program at the  Penn State Hershey Medical Center.   Prior to that she was a substitute teacher in Dauphin County through the CAIU guest teacher program.  Her past employment also includes  working at USA Today Headquarters in Arlington, VA and the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA in advertising.  

She lives in Hershey, with her husband, son and daughter.

Ms. Johanna GardinerJohanna
Department Administrative Assistant  |717-361-1210

1997 B.S. Early Childhood Education, Evangel University

Responsibilities relate to Provisional and Formal acceptance, Clearance compliance, Education department events, resource room and supervision of department student assistants as well as general department administrative tasks and responsibilities.

In Brief: Ms. Gardiner joined the Department in February 2012 as the Administrative Assistant to the Department. Responsibilities include disseminating information and serving as a resource to students and faculty regarding compliance with all program requirements, clearances, PAPA/ PECT/ Praxis testing and registration information; assist in the compilation of data required to meet state and federal regulations and ensure smooth and efficient work flow in the Education Department. Previously, she was an Executive Administrative Assistant for a large corporation in Reading, PA and prior to that worked as an Office Coordinator in an Administrative office at another college. 

Ms.Gardiner enjoys singing, collecting Pink flamingos, shopping, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends and church activities.

 She lives in Elizabethtown with her boxer, Daisey.

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